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And one could argue once they make the Boba Fett (Bobalicious) film, that gap is closed with R1, Solo and Bobalicious.
Or that could be part of a separate trilogy... Obialicious, Yodalicious and Bobalicious!
Well whaddya know! It's nice to see so many people admitting that the prequels weren't all that bad. It's a surprise, to be sure, but a welcome one.
Although I have to admit the sequel trilogy will have to payoff well in Episode IX to keep it from sliding into prequel territory.
(I'm not sure it can recover from the story disjointedness from Episodes VII and VIII.)
I thought Rogue One was very well received but just didn't have the audience numbers to back it up, in a similar way to Solo but to a lesser extent. I personally thought it was better than the Episodic Prequels (which I really like) but also better than Episode VII, VIII and Solo. Sure, it was slightly more serious than than the other films, but K-2S0 helped alleviate that one, and it has some of the best action sequences and battles out of any of the Star Wars films - it is called Star Wars after all. Even the characters are slightly more flawed and I found the (lite) comparison between freedom fighters and terrorists an interesting one.
Don't even get me started on how they just made up a new fuel that was never needed for hyperspace travel before Soylo & used a ship as a hyperspace missile, when it was pretty well established in 40+ years of canon that was a useless technique since before the Sith Empire because of shield generators, but even if the ship has no shields, the attacking vessel would need to be larger than the target, as the mass shadow in hyperspace from target vessel would potentially pop the attacker out of hyperspace before it hits its target.
(But she has all of the books, so maybe she'll go 'Dr. Strange' and learn everything.)
Totally agree with @VorpalRyu about the hyperspace fuel and lightspeed ramming nonsense. It's one of those areas where 'realism' can detract from the immersiveness of the world. I assume there are hyperspace gas stations along the trade routes. I don't need to see their accounting records and daily inventory ledgers.
It also occurred to me that we'd all probably have been more satisfied if the story team from Episode VII had been able to carry the continuity into Episode VIII. (And perhaps into Episode IX.)
And I thought R1 was very well recieved. Considering the bland reaction to Solo, Disney should be thrilled if future saga and story installments have R1's level of interest and satisfaction.
That's exactly the problem with Disney right there, to make their SW work, they had to torch practically everything that wasn't the six films. People denigrate Lucas for a lot of things in SW, but considering he kept a firm hand on all things SW for over thirty years & managed for the most part, to keep it all consistent, Disney's firebombing of the EU comes off as having no care for the property or the fanbase.
It is a fine line between plausible and TMI. The value of coaxium, from my perspective, is over the line because of the collateral implications. But SW is fraught with MaGuffin devices that create inconsistency.
The bombing run at the beginning of TLJ was great, but really makes no sense at all.
(I really didn't like the 'technical' nature of kyber crystal nonsense for lightsabers, and any explaination for laser blasters.)
I loved the Last Jedi. Loved it. I was “unsure” of it the first time — like a first date with a girl that doesn’t go the way you expected, and yet you still think you want to see her again. And from the second time on I was in love. The Leia “Mary Poppins” walk is offputting, Canto Bight was a forced / missed opportunity, and the coda with the little boy still feels out of place in a Star Wars movie. However the ways in which it otherwise plays with themes of failure and loss is remarkable. And I thought the technobabble about hyperspace fuel / tracking / ramming was just fine - on the right side of the “Force / midichlorians” spectrum.
Prequels are all right. They are entertaining. I just can’t help but feel they needed three things:
- Kasdan or someone else to rework the dialogue and include stage direction to activate the “talking” scenes,
- a better build for anakin’s Turn to the dark side (it is too rushed and sudden), and
- Anakin to be 15 when they find him on Tatooine.
The story itself is epic and engaging. Fantastic action moments and battles. Obi-Wan steals the show every time.
I AM THE PREQUEL MEMES
Better than nothing!
(After eight separate prequel memes in two days, it's time to temporarily move on)